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About Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

Meticulously restored in Ireland and shipped to the US, Ri Ra embodies everything that you would expect from a genuine Irish Pub. Ri Ra comes from the phrase "Ri Ra agus Ruaile Buaile," a phrase translating roughly as divilment, good fun or any sociable activity that improves with fine food, a nice pint of Guinness or dram of Uisce Beatha (whiskey). Ri Ra can be defined as place or state where exuberance and revelry prevail, where music and merriment compete and the conversation flows smooth as the Guinness ebbs in the glass. Slainte!

208 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Irish, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Fifth and Tryon

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 333-5554

Website:
http://rira.com/charlotte

Entertainment:
2 floors of live music every Friday and Saturday night. Trivia from 5 to 7pm followed by live music from 10pm.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Fun (12)
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Cozy (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Great Beer (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Authentic (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Business Meals (5)
Live Sports (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Always a pleasure coming to the pub! Staff and all are the best as usual. Never a problem.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Paleo Friendly, Live Music, Romantic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Scenic View, Quick Bite
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·Dined 4 days ago

We had requested on our Open table reservations, to have them sing to our twins. When we got there I reminded the hostess. She said she would say something to the manager. We still had to find the waiter to get him to bring two desserts, but the singing never happened. Disappointed, especially since there was a place for special requests when we made reservations.

Tags: Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

Best fish and chips ever! Also one of the few places that understands a shandy and how to get it right. We really enjoyed our pre-theater meal.

Tags: Cozy, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous indeed

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Had a table 'held' for 6pm but didn't get seated until 6:40. Food was good but not extraordinary. Had a Guinness essential and it was ice cold which is way to cold for a proper Guinness.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome as always!! A real favorite!!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our main issue is that we had a reservation for a large number of people and when we arrived we were ignored for about 10 minutes by the hostess and then after confirming we had a reservation, the hostess informed us that they had no tables for a group our size. We were very frustrated because we made a reservation knowing it would be hard to seat all of us easily as a walk in. I was disappointed.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

So convenient to grab a bite before a show! The theater is 2 blocks away! Made a res. through Open Table . Glad we had because it’s a busy bar! The tables are all bar height so not the comfiest but the place has a nice atmosphere and service! Food was OK, nothing to write home to Ireland about but surprisingly good value , especially for uptown. Meal for two with two drinks each was only $60!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was great. Our server, Tom, was very good and knowledgeable about the menu.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was fantastic. Would recommend the fish and chips. Service was good. The only problem we experienced was the noise level was not conducive to a date.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great location and service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Very authentic looking pub. Granddaughter loved the French toast, my burger wasn't the best I've ever had. Ordered medium well and after a real long wait it came out very rare!! Waitress was extremely slow.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great experience all around. Veggie burger was amazing! I had the cucumber and radish salad as a side and it was fresh and delicious. Loved that there were many vegetarian options as well as clean grass fed beef and Icelandic fish. Great atmosphere and service. Will be back to try the fish (haddock) and chips.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall a very good experience. Host was having to clear tables to seat patrons. She did not seem to have any help. Otherwise the food was good and the server was nice.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 17, 2018

A friend and I met here for a pre-theater dinner, primarily for the easy access to the theater on a snowy evening. We were seated by the cosy fireplace, which lent a lovely atmosphere to our dining experience. I was favorably impressed that the Pub was quiet, making it easy to enjoy conversation with my dinner partner.

We chose to share a starter of Traditional Potato Cakes, which were served with sour cream and a bit of mixed greens and balsamic reduction. The cakes were divine... I would return just to savor them again!

As our mains, my friend chose the haddock fillet, which was a very generous portion, accompanied by house made tartar sauce and hand cut fries. My choice was the Irish Cider Glazed Pork Chop with grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes. I must confess the mashed potatoes were not creamy as described in the menu. In fact, they were very dry, disappointing after experiencing the super creamy potato cheese cakes!

Our server was attentive and provided friendly, efficient service throughout our dinner. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our Irish dining experience, and are eager to return to sample more menu selections on offer.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We meet friends from Tampa relocating to Charlotte, NC what a great time indeed.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Was accepting reservations in opentable but when we arrived for our reserved time they said they didn't accept reservations and so we were not able to be seated.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was slow, I had Corned Beef & Cabbage. The Cabbage was cold and the Corned Beef was tough. It was a busy Saturday night. Nice atmosphere and upbeat mood. Would probably go again just for the convenience to the Symphony

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As a group of six, in a booth in the bar area, we had an excellent time, great service & very good food. Our waiter was friendly and perfectly attentive and great at anticipating so we were never left wanting for anything for a second. The fish of the Fish & Chips was excellent. The fries could have been a bit crispier for my taste but everyone seemed to enjoy them well enough, so no harm. Hadn’t been in a long time but will be back very soon.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Delicious food and great ambiance! The best fish and chips!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food. Reasonably priced. Good drinks. Corned beef and cabbage was delicious and the avacado smash appetizer was outstanding. Server was very nice and helpful. Would definitely go there again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Crowded. Had to want even with a reservation. The pork chop i ordered was extremely dry. The potatoes tasted like instant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Close to blumenthal for pre- theater dining- bar food mostly - Reuben was very good - homemade chips were ok but not hot - friend had salmon which was on a bed of radishes & cucumbers & she enjoyed but did not include a side - our appetizer was delicious like bruschetta with avocado - I probably won’t go again because overall I don’t feel it is a good value - I had one glass of wine & friend had water & bill was almost 60.00 with tip

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Loved our experience here!
Food and atmosphere were amazing! Brought my husband and I back to our trip to Ireland. Service was also very good! We were on a time crunch as we had a show to get to, and server was very accommodating.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Some of the slowest service ever. Have been numerous times before but all good till this time. Slow on every level, drinks and food.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service was extremely slow. It took two hours to get our food.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wow...this was really bad. Made a reservation for six before a show at Belk Theatre, the proximity to the theatre was about the only positive I have to say. Reservation was not on file, server brought water to the table, but told us that they were still washing dishes and had no glasses. Drinks were not good, very slow, and came one at a time, food sat way too long under the heat lamp, over 45 minutes from order to table plus another 5 minutes or so to have someone bring us silverware. Food quality was poor, cold Shepherd's pie, dry and cold pork chop, fish and chips was more like fish and mush. Not sure what the problem was, they seemed moderately busy, but not slammed. Generally a very poor experience, no need to go back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a party of 13. Everyone loved their meal and the service was great.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a great Thanksgiving evening at Ri Ra's. The food was delicious. The service was good. The live band was great. The only issue was a bad odor. We moved to another table, it still smelled slightly but it was never taken care of. Other than that it was a good experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Organic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had thanksgiving brunch there. Very nice but TVs were loud

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Live Sports, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant was very short staffed for a game day. We waited 10 minutes for a hostess to appear and once seated we waited 20 minutes for the waitress to take our drink order. In her defense she did stop by the table after 12 minutes to let us know she’d be back. The Bloody Mary bar was very skimpy compared to a previous visit. The food is delicious but they need a larger wait staff on home game Sundays. Not sure we’d go back on game day since brunch took 1 hour and 30 minutes causing us to be late for the game.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Open Table took a reservation for 10am and the place doesn't open until 11am
The place next door opened at 10am and we had a beautiful breakfast there

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food, great service, quiet in the early evening if catching up with friends and need to hear each other without shouting. Very convenient for going to other places uptown, like a Hornets game at the Spectrum.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The Kilre Chicken was absolutely delicious. The appetizers were very good. The potatoes were tasty and the onion rings were wonderful. The beef tips were lacking a little. I loved the sauce, my boyfriend said they needed something. The roasted potatoes were better then the mashed potatoes and the Vegetables were perfect. Wait staff was friendly and efficient. Haven't had such good service in a while. Overall experience was excellent.

Tags: Healthy, Great Beer, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place for lively dining, somewhat noisy but always full of interesting people. Guinness on tap, the world's best beer.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went for brunch with a group of 15.
Despite making reservations, they were unable to fully accommodate our party because they misread the reservation for 10 instead of 15 (which our server argued about even though our confirmation clearly stated 15).

Food was decent. Service with Swiney was appalling. She was rude and very poorly trained. Orders were forgotten, water was rarely refilled, sassy comments were made, and it was an overall awful experience. The vast majority of our group are or were servers, and we were shocked was her lack of professionalism.

The food may be okay. But that amounts to nothing if their service remains this poor.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great location downtown Charlotte to grab some comfort food and a cold brew! The fish and chips are as authentic as you can get here in the U.S.

Tags: Cozy, Live Sports, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and atmosphere were Amazing! 💜 def can't wait to come back with more friends!

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wife and both ordered burgers, hers medium well, mine medium; both came out cold, despite wife sending hers back. I ordered onion rings and got sweet potato fries, so took back whole plate to fix. Waitress was apologetic and they did not charge us for meal which was nice of them.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I don’t know. We had a reservation for 10:00. Door was locked. We waited 10 minutes and called. Watched some guy sit at the bar and ignore us when the phone rang. We finally left and had to pay for parking with zero food.

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